Tag Archive: entrepreneurs

Jan 24

Mr carvers journey to becoming an Angel

Pt. 1 of 2 Every time I talk to someone for this blog, my first question is to ask them to walk me through the journey that led them to angel investing. They talk through their resume and muse about how a bad break here led to a good one there and everything lined into …

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Jan 18

The mistake we make reading body language

We asked business psychologist Merom Klein (Bio at the Bottom) for that subtle clue people reveal about their nature through body language: the head nod, rushed speech, eye contact. His answer: “The big myth is that you’re going to be able to read body language or an intonation or someone says ‘um’ or they gesture …

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Jan 18

Agility vs false confidence: The $85 Yukon watermelon

The Financial Post reported about a rare delicacy, a watermelon, flown in to a grocery store in the Northern Yukon. Like a sleek Italian sports car, it sat in the showroom – too expensive for any local resident to buy. Residents asked if they could buy a single slice, and the store manager refused. Until …

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Dec 16

The answer to success or failure… It’s always the same:

The answer to success or failure… It’s always the same: “It’s always the entrepreneur. Who are the people? To me, that’s the whole thing.” That’s what Tim Keane said about halfway through our conversation. The first few minutes, he talked about the intricacies of a QSBS exit strategy without having to pay capital gains taxes. …

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Dec 12

Title: An unaffordable omelette, one empty pocket and hustle

Title: An unaffordable omelette, one empty pocket and hustle It was the mid-1990s. Before 6 Degrees of Wayne Kimmel, he was a man, in a hotel lobby, hoping to catch a break. The business elite in town were all around him eating $18 omelettes. Kimmel couldn’t afford one. He had one empty pocket and another …

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Oct 19

Show me something besides money

  Investing according to Frank……. He has a private equity fund, specializing in markets such as manufacturing, metal trading and medical devices. Their philosophy of investing is based on 3 principles: Work with excellent people with a proven track record The people who are partners also invest meaningful amounts The fund team can add value …

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Sep 06

It’s not hunger or grit. The one thing that determines success

  I read David Rose’s New York Times bestselling books: Angel Investing and The Startup Checklist. Then I wrote my own checklist of things to do: Call David Rose Ask him to do an interview with me for this blog. Find out what else he knows. Why did I want to talk to him so …

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Aug 17

Hard hats and hard heads: Not an obstacle for 2 PowerUP innovators

By Merom klein “Before we wrote a single line of code or sketched our first product idea, we watched our buyers and users and saw their problems. We understood their frustrations – and saw what cost them time, money and misunderstandings. We understood how they worked and what they would and would not do with technology.” …

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Aug 07

Mind Share and more: What happens at a Keiretsu meeting

Welcome to Keiretsu. If you’ve never been to a meeting, here’s an insider’s view. The meeting starts with greetings, informal meetings and light breakfast items. Keiretsu is not a networking group. It is an event management group, a facilitation meeting. It is the largest angel investment organization in North America. At the Philadelphia location, Howard …

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Aug 07

 Flying through customer service with social media

  Social media has many faces: time-waster, social-changer, customer servicer, marketing producer, socializer, rant blaster, celebrity booster, family connector, marriage destroyer, matchmaker, friendship definer. Companies have to identify how to insert a meaningful message into the mix of messages that fills the company’s goal. I recently visited the social media lab of one of the …

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